Government + Police Continue Hunt For 1080 Eco-Terrorist

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MIL OSI – Source: Ministry for Primary Industries – Operation Concord Media update, Saturday 14 March 2015

Date: 14 Mar 2015

Media contact: MPI media phone

Telephone: 029 894 0328

Email: info@foodprotection.govt.nz

Police around the country have now visited 855 dairies and other small retailers selling infant formula to distribute MPI information to retailers and consumers.

The Operation Concord Police investigation team is working through the weekend. Police urge anyone with information regarding this criminal threat to get in touch with the investigation team on 0800 723 665 or email opconcord@police.govt.nz

MPI Deputy Director-General, Scott Gallacher, says officials continue to work positively and constructively with trading partners.

“The New Zealand government is working with a number of trading partners to ensure ongoing market access.  Feedback so far has been appreciative of the New Zealand government’s approach, which is focused on the implementation of additional measures to protect consumers both in New Zealand and overseas.

“Good progress was made overnight with our Chinese counterparts and we now have clarity on what is required for exports to continue their unimpeded access into the market.  MPI is working with all exporters to ensure they continue to have access into all markets.

“To date, no actions have been taken which would prevent trade as a result of the 1080 threat – but we are continuing to work with our trading partners to ensure that remains the case and to respond to any questions they might have.

“Ultimately, we are telling our partners exactly what we are telling consumers both here and overseas – that we’re confident New Zealand infant and other formula is as safe today as it was before the recent criminal blackmail threat was made”.

Dr Pat Tuohy from the Ministry of Health says Healthline and Plunketline continue to respond promptly to calls from the public.

“The information we’re getting through our call lines is that individuals appreciate the opportunity to have their concerns heard, and be able to receive advice at the end of the phone. Both Health line and PlunketLine continue to receive a low number of calls relating to this issue and hospitals report no activity above what is expected.

“If children do become unwell, the overwhelming likelihood is that it is a condition unrelated to this criminal blackmail threat. Our advice is that people should do what they normally do.

“If you have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s health, you should seek advice from a healthcare professional. Health line are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and PlunketLine are also available for advice on feeding your baby and other aspects of your child’s development.”

Contact numbers

For the public

Operation Concord Police investigation: 0800 723 665 or opconcord@police.govt.nz
Crimestoppers (to give information anonymously): 0800 555 111
Health line: 0800 611 116
PlunketLine: 0800 933 922
MPI: 0800 008 333 or info@foodprotection.govt.nz

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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